Monday, April 13, 2015

CDI development fair delegates
Sign commitments of support

TAGAYTAY City, April 10, (PIA) –Delegates from the academe, industry and government in country’s seven pilot sites for a foreign assisted competitiveness project in the regions uttered and signed commitments to support the Cities Development Initiative (CDI) in a bid to make more growth nerve centers outside Manila.

Dr. Nenita Palmes, Vice President for Extension of the Mindanao University for Science and Technology, Marissa Segovia, President of the Iloilo Government Industry Academe Council and Arnel Campued, TESDA Palawan took brief moments and stood before the CDI Development Fair delegates to italicize their sector’s support to CDI. 

And from their cue, delegates from Batangas, Ilo-ilo, Palawan, Bohol, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga also penned their names and sectoral representation in a tarpaulin wall inside the posh Phinma Conference Hall in Tagaytay City. 

Implemented as an after-effect of the floated need to make industries globally competitive in the advent of Asian integration, CDI is largely a partnership development initiative among government, industries and academes in a move to let industries into the helping decide which academic to offer to fill in the most needed and vacant positions which cant be filled due to lack of appropriate skills. 

Over this, the tri-sector collaboration commits to make significant changes in the courses offered in schools, the necessary level of competencies as well as draw the line which can be a turn-key solution to the problem of unemployment and under-employment which is pervasive in the local landscape. 

By commitments, those in the academe said they would look into their learning modules to tightly fit only those most immediately needed by the demands from the industry. 

On the other hand, the government through Technical Education and Skills Development Authority commits to make the necessary adjustments to define their competency ratings in tune with those agencies and industries most immediately needed skills.

The industry also committed to coordinate with the academe for their needs, making sure that these are communicated well so that the training institutions can come up with the appropriate skills that would come up to the challenge. 

USAID said the CDI pilot areas like the seven provinces: Batangas, Iloilo, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga, Zamboanga and Palawan are envisioned to become new growth centers aside from the already blooming nearby regional centers, to effect inclusive growth. (rac/PIABohol) 

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Responding to skills-jobs gap 
Key to a competitive country 

TAGAYTAY City, April 10, (PIA) –Workers from the academe and technical training institutes, to tourism industry stakeholders and other key sectors all agree that responding to the skills gap between graduates and jobs makes the Philippines even more competitive in the Asian integration. 

Dr. Chito Salazar, Philippine Business for Education (PBED) President, who cited schools churning thousands of graduates but could not land jobs, said workers and job vacancies can’t seem to find each other. 

At the culminating activity of PBED’s Higher Education Productivity Program (HEPP) the USAID presented the PBED’s after activity initiatives and best practices after 3 years of project, from all the project sites as set up mechanisms to respond to the issue. 

PBED set up initial surveys on business industry needs and the competency skills of graduates in Batangas, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Ilo-ilo, Palawan, Pampanga and Zamboanga, according to USAID sources. 

Across the country’s PBED sites, tourism industry, academe and the government agreed to join hands in the light of creatively responding making efforts to dialog and match the needs over the skills needed to run tourism and other business establishments. 

In Bohol for example, the need to gather the industry, academe and the government to agree on the training modules to fit into the need, the Government, Industry and Academe (GIA) Council was signed last year, among the achievements. 

The setting up of a P450,000 seed money for the operationalization and operations of the Bohol GA Council drew the heaviest of applause during the presentation. 

Sharing the pride for Bohol’s and forming the Bohol delegation at the CDI Development Fair are Libby Sumampong (Cuisina ni Tisay), Teresita Sumampong (BAHRR) Aniceta Arcay (Tierra Azul-BAHRR), Charles Suico (UB), Atty Nuevas Montes (UB) Agnes Ytac (BITGAP), Danilo Nazareno (TechVoc Inc), Petronila Valeroso (Asian Divine Light College), University of Bohol Dean Maria Asuncion Bersabal and PIA Bohol. 

But PBED, through Lovelaine Basillote, program manager said these are just the beginnings, and the effects of all of these would be for what the USAID envisioned as inclusive growth where people can contribute to the development through their skills and the jobs they do. (rachiu/PIABohol)

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